Free The Robot

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Free The Robot

Café by day and cocktail bar by night, this outfit serves up brunch-style meals for the working crowd. Get some of the most affordable truffle fries around for only $5 a basket, and pair your meals with a cuppa or a glass of cold-pressed juice.

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Venue name: Free The Robot
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Address: 118 Telok Ayer Street
Singapore
068587
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8.30am-4.30pm
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Being able to pet the two resident dogs and good food at this café was exactly what my last day in Singapore needed. I came across this café while researching for new brunch places in the Central Business District (CBD), as this was convenient for my aunt. After reading several reviews, I was keen to try this café because their food sounded and looked good in pictures.


My aunt and I met here for lunch a few weeks ago and boy, was I glad I arrived early! I got a table at 12PM but within ten minutes, the lunch office work crowds appeared and filled up all the seats. It died down after a while, as many were doing takeaway orders but another wave arrived around 1:15PM, as we were finishing our meal.


I liked the layout of the café because it had a chill vibe – tables were free seating, orders were taken at the cashier, and the atmosphere and ambiance was relaxed. Like many eateries along this road, it’s quite narrow but long inwards so when the crowds appeared , I believe the bigger of the two resident dogs was brought to the back. The smaller resident dog was rather cute, as it did ’rounds’ walking through the café throughout our meal.


I also liked that the menu wasn’t very extensive so it was easy to come to a decision on what to order. It had different sections so it did have variety. We chose two different dishes to share along with a side:

  1. Omega 3+ – This was a quite a generous salad consisting of soba noodles, loads of salad leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and smoked salmon. The dressing was served separately and tasted much like the Japanese sauce for dipping cold soba – salty but flavourful. Surprisingly, it went quite well with the smoked salmon, which I was most impressed with! It was sliced thick – very different to commercially made smoked salmon, which made me think it was homemade – and even had some of the skin still on, which added lovely texture. I liked how generous they were with the salad leaves, making it a hearty and healthy dish! However, there was a small amount of soba salad in comparison and it was cooked al dente, which was awful.
  2. French Toast– This was absolutely delicious! I don’t have French toast very often but this was a brilliant combination of sweet and savoury. The two large slices of brioche French toast came topped with fresh banana, frozen berries and mangoes, sunflower seeds, crispy bacon, and dusted with icing sugar. I really enjoyed the bacon because it was prepared American style – crispy and thin-cut, and went really well with the fluffy toast! The maple syrup was served on the side and wasn’t as flavourful as some maple syrup I’ve had before but still better than pancake syrup!
  3. Truffle Fries – A typical side dish found in most cafés nowadays, so I decided to order some. It was good because they were generous with the truffle oil but that also made the fries rather greasy. I didn’t like how the fries were cut though because they were too thin and short. But still a decent amount of fries for one serving.

As I mentioned above, the atmosphere was really nice. It had a good amount of natural light because of the sun-like roof on the ceiling, which shines down onto the bar counter. It was also well decorated with figurines behind the cashier, as well as an impressive range of alcohols at the bar. It had a range of seating too – couch seating, table and chairs, and indoor as well as outdoor seating. The staff were all friendly and smiley, which made the experience even lovelier.


If you work in the area, this is a good bet for your lunch break! They also serve breakfast, which is convenient. I believe that in the evenings, it becomes a bar so that works for after-work drinks too! Most of the cafés along this street tend to share this, which makes it multifunctional. This street is also located right outside the MRT exit, so it makes it easier to commute into and out of, even if you don’t work in the area.